Last month, with some skepticism, I tried the rhubarb rosemary lemon spritzers from Simply Recipes. I wasn’t sure what rosemary would do to my fruity drink but it was really good. The rosemary added depth. It was a perfect foil to the tart and tangy rhubarb and lemon. So when I found these rosemary lemonade fizzy drinks on The Bitten Word, I was eager to try it.
Dan bought a big bottle of lemon juice from Costco. I am typically wary of bottled lemon juice, but this one tasted almost as good as fresh (definitely a class above the little lemon shaped squirt bottles). It is an Italian brand (or branded to look Italian). And since lemons are getting expensive around here (almost 70 cents each last time I looked), I decided to use the bottled juice (also, squeezing a bunch of lemons didn’t sound like fun).
While this is good with a shot of vodka, most people drank it without like a soda. It was a refreshing alternative to beer and watermelon margaritas (recipe for these margaritas tomorrow, they were so good). The kids liked the lemonade soda too (without vodka, of course).
Rosemary Lemonade “Soda”
1 part rosemary lemonade simple syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 to 1 part vodka (optional)
Top it off with sparkling water
* For the kids, I went heavier on the syrup to make it more puckery. They loved it.
* For the adults, a little lighter on the syrup with or without the vodka. Also a big hit.
Rosemary lemonade simple syrup
(adapted from Gourmet via The Bitten Word)
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
4 four-inch sprigs of rosemary
1. Place lemon juice, rosemary, and sugar in a medium pot.
2. Bring to a boil, stir to dissolve sugar.
3. Allow to simmer for about 2 minutes, then remove from heat.
4. Let it cool completely (about 1 hour), then remove the rosemary.
5. Use the syrup and enjoy!